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Vector Capital PLC (VCAP)

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Monday 06 September, 2021

Vector Capital PLC

Half-year Report

RNS Number : 7596K
Vector Capital PLC
06 September 2021
 

Vector Capital plc

("Vector Capital", "Company" or "Group")

 

Half Year Results for the period ended 30 June 2021

 

A Strong Trading Performance

 

Highlights

· Loan book growth 24.2% to £40.6m (as at 30 June 2020: £32.7m)

· Revenue up 16% to £2.5m (H1 2020: £2.1m)

· PAT up 3% to £1.05m (H1 2020: £1.02m)

· EPS of 2.50p (H1 2020: 3.00p)

· Interim dividend of 0.95p per share, reflecting a strong performance

 

Operational Highlights

· Successful placing to raise £1.5m gross, to build further the capital base and meet demand for new loans

· Increased our wholesale banking facilities from £25m to £30m

· Significant progress made in establishing new broker relationships which have led to an increased number of new enquiries and proposals

· Continued to invest in our technology platform to ensure operational resilience and efficiency

· Invested in staff training to enhance expertise which has led to ability to handle higher volumes and more complex transactions

· Best practice ESG policies in place to support responsible lending and encourage sustainability across our business

 

Agam Jain, CEO of Vector Capital, commented : "Vector Capital's first half performance has been strong.  We have continued to make excellent progress against our strategy and we are well placed to capitalise on the healthy property market and demand for our loans.  In response to this demand and ensure we have a strong capital base, we raised a further £1.5m in the period and increased our wholesale banking facilities to £30m.  Reflecting our performance and the confidence we have in the business, we are declaring an interim dividend of 0.95p per share. 

 

"Pleasingly, we have a best practice ESG policy now in place to support our commitment towards being a responsible lender and encouraging sustainability across our business.  This is an important part of our business and underpins our values and how we conduct ourselves.

 

"Our aim is to be seen by our customers as a trusted, responsible partner that delivers outstanding services.  We are determined to build on the progress we have made and enhance our capability to provide new loans which will help secure sustainable benefits for all of our stakeholders."

 

Enquiries

Vector Capital plc

Agam Jain
 

c/o TB Cardew

Allenby Capital Limited

James Reeve/George Payne (Corporate Finance)
Tony Quirke (Sales and Corporate Broking)

 

  + 44 (0) 20 3328 5656

 

 

TB Cardew

Shan Shan Willenbrock
Lucas Bramwell/Charlotte Anderson 

 

 

+ 44 (0)7775 848537

+ 44 (0)20 7930 0777

[email protected]

 

About Vector Capital:

 

Vector Capital provides secured, business-to-business loans to SMEs based in England and Wales. Loans are typically secured by a first legal charge against real estate. The Company's customers typically borrow for general working capital purposes, bridging ahead of refinancing, land development and property acquisition. The loans provided by the Company are typically for renewable 12-month terms with fixed interest rates.

 

 

Chairman's Statement

 

I'm delighted to present our 2021 Interim Results for the six-month period to 30 June 2021, which report consolidated pre-tax profits of £1,298,000 (H1 2020: £1,258,000, FY 2020: £2,347,000), and to declare an interim dividend of 0.95 pence per share to be paid on 24th September 2021 to shareholders on the register on 17th September 2021. The results for the first half of the year reflect the continued positive development of the business linked to building the Group's loan book to £40.6m (30 June 2020: £32.7m, 31 December 2020: £36.4m) and creating a leading presence in our chosen market in the provision of secured loans to the SME sector.

 

It's also very pleasing to report that, following the successful admission to the AIM market on 29th December 2020, the Company returned to the market with a Placing of 3,191,490 new ordinary shares at 47 pence each on 23 June 2021 to raise £1.5m gross, to build further the capital base.  During the period, we were also able to increase our wholesale banking facilities from £25m to £30m. In addition, we are in the early stages of trialling a co-funding model, allowing third party lenders to participate directly alongside the Group in the provision of certain loans. 

 

While COVID-19 restrictions continued to impact the business during the period our proven systems were able to manage all operations successfully and the UK property lending market has remained resilient.

 

The Group's half year results, recorded revenue growth of 15.8% and an increase in profits before tax of 3.2%, year-on-year, combined with an 11.6% rise in the value of the loan book from 31 December 2020 to 30 June 2021 referred to above, reflect the hard work of the executive team, the quality of the underlying operational systems and the strength of the business model.

 

We remain committed to building on the Group's strong business foundations and its positive performance now as a public company and to strategically grow the loan book using a combination of our own resources, the facilities provided by our wholesale lenders and, on a selective basis, via co-funding arrangements.

 

As a Board we are very mindful of our wider environmental, social and governance responsibilities to shareholders and other stakeholders and we have developed, from what we believe to be market best practice, underlying principles and developing procedures to address these important issues. Details of our ESG policies and procedures, aimed principally at responsible lending and encouraging sustainability and avoidance of waste in all we do, are set out on the Company's website, www.vectorcapital.co.uk.

 

The results for the period, were only possible by the efforts of Vector's employees and my fellow Board members and considerable thanks are due to them and our business partners.

 

I am confident that as a team we have the skills, experience and opportunities to make further progress throughout the rest of 2021 and beyond and to capitalise on the opportunities which will arise.

 

Robin Stevens

Chairman

 

 

Chief Executive's Statement

 

 

A positive performance and continued growth

 

I am pleased to report a very healthy set of interim results which evidences the Group's continued growth and development.

 

The loan book at the end of the period was £40.6m (30 June 2020: £32.7m, 31 December 2020: £36.4m). The average monthly loan book value for the 6 months period was £38.4m (H1 2020 average monthly loan book: £34.7m, 2020 average monthly loan book: £34.8m).

 

The average interest rate for the period increased to 11.70% p.a. (H1 2020: 11.69%, 12 months to Dec 20 was 11.53%).

 

Pre-tax profit for the 6 months was £1.30m (H1 2020: £1.26m).

 

Diverse portfolio

 

Our loan book security portfolio comprises:

· residential investment properties

· residential refurbishments

· mixed use (commercial ground floor with flats above)

· commercial (warehouse, retail, hospitality)

· development projects (construction of houses and flats)

· land with planning permission

 

The conventional residential bridging segment of the market has become crowded with many new entrants however because of our expertise in the different segments mentioned above we can still target overall loan book growth.  We are also issuing a limited number of loans against 2nd charge where the equity is substantial.

 

Funding

 

We raised further capital on AIM with a Placing of 3,191,490 new shares at 47 pence each on 23 June 2021 to raise £1.5m gross.

 

Our capital and liquidity remain healthy and we are in a strong position to fund new loan opportunities. We have two banking lines that are available primarily for residential transactions. Both of the wholesale banks from whom we have facilities have indicated that they would be willing to offer increased facilities.  We continue to explore debt funding sources for the other market segments that we operate in. At the end of the period, the Group had £10.1m of available finance from the wholesale banks (30 June 2020: £5.68m, 31 December 2020: £10.2m).

 

Currently we have conservative gearing - we believe that there is tremendous scope to use suitable debt facilities and start gearing in the future. The Group has designed a co-funding instrument and in the early stages of test marketing.

 

Information Technology

 

We continue to invest and initiate further improvements in our software platform by reviewing and re-mapping our processes.  These software upgrades are expected to be ready for Q4 this year and will further improve our operational resilience and efficiency. 

 

Headcount

 

During the period we have invested significant effort in staff training which has increased the expertise and productivity of each team member. As a result, we have the capacity to handle increased activity and handle more complex transactions with the same team. We do not need to increase headcount.

 

Marketing

 

We have made considerable headway in establishing new Broker relationships which have led to an increased number of new enquiries and proposals. We will continue with this effort for the rest of the year.

 

Dividend

 

On the basis of the financial performance in the first half of the year, a dividend of 0.95p per share is being declared. This will be paid on 24th September 2021 to shareholders on the register on 17th September 2021.

 

Outlook

 

The success to date of the vaccination programme and UK Government's economic interventions provides cause for optimism and allows us to move ahead with our growth agenda, supported by the good level of interim profits.

 

There is heavy competition in the residential bridging segment, but this is compensated by increased opportunities in the other market segments such as land and development. We are confident of continuing our positive performance in the remainder of 2021 and generating healthy returns for the benefit of all stakeholders.

 

 

Agam Jain

Chief Executive Officer

 

 

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

For the six months ended 30 June 2021

 

 

 

 

 

Six months

ended

 30 June

Six months

ended

30 June

Year ended

 

31 December

 

 

 

2021

2020

2020

 

Notes

 

£'000

(Unaudited)

£'000

(Unaudited)

£'000

(Audited)

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

 3

2,467

2,130

4,325

Cost of sales

 

(228)

(132)

(321)

Gross profit

 

 

2,239

1,998

4,004

 

 

 

 

 

Other income

 

 

 

29

Administrative expenses

4

(378)

(214)

(668)

Operating profit

 

 

1,861

1,784

3,365

 

 

 

 

 

Finance costs

 

(563)

(526)

(1,018)

Profit on ordinary activities before taxation

 

 

1,298

1,258

2,347

 

 

 

 

Income tax expense

5

(247)

(239)

(445)

Profit after taxation

 

 

1,051

1,019

1,902

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income

Total comprehensive income attributable to the shareholders of the Company

1,051

1,019

1,902

 

 

Pro-forma basic and diluted earnings per share

 

attributable to the owners of the Company (pence)

10

 

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Position

For the six months ended 30 June 2021

 

 

 

Notes

 

 30 June 2021

30 June

2020

31 December 2020

 

 

 

£'000

(Unaudited)

£'000

(Unaudited)

£'000

(Audited)

 

Non-Current assets

 

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

6

 

3

-

4

 

 

 

3

-

4

Current assets

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other receivables

7

 

41,067

33,327

36,963

Cash and bank balances

 

 

971

1,612

2,569

 

 

 

42,038

34,939

39,532

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Assets

 

 

42,041

34,939

39,536

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

8

 

18,653

16,220

18,030

Income tax payable

 

 

247

613

205

 

 

 

18,900

16,833

18,235

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Liabilities

 

 

18,900

16,833

18,235

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

Share capital

9

 

226

170

210

Share premium

 

 

20,876

16,830

19,502

Group reorganisation reserve

 

 

188

188

188

Retained earnings

 

 

1,851

918

1,401

 

 

 

23,141

18,106

21,301

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Equity and Liabilities

 

 

42,041

34,939

39,536

 

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

For the six months ended 30 June 2021

 

 

Share

capital

Share  premium

Group reorganisation reserve

Retained profits

Total equity

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 1 January 2020

170

16,830

188

(101)

17,087

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the six months ended 30 June 2020

-

-

-

1,019

1,019

Dividends paid

-

-

-

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 30 June 2020

170

16,830

188

918

18,106

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issue of share capital

40

2,672

-

-

2,712

Profit for the six months ended 31 December 2020

-

-

-

883

883

Dividends paid

-

-

-

(400)

(400)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 31 December 2020

210

19,502

188

1,401

21,301

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issue of share capital

16

1,374

-

-

1,390

Profit for the six months ended 30 June 2021

-

-

-

1,051

1,051

Dividends paid

-

-

-

(601)

(601)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 30 June 2021

226

20,876

188

1,851

23,141

    

 

        

 

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

For the six months ended 30 June 2021

 

 

 

 

Six Months ended 30 June

Six Months ended 30 June

Year ended 31 December

 

 

2021

2020

2020

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Audited)

Cash flow from operating activities

 

 

 

 

Profit for the period before taxation

 

1,298

1,258

2,347

Adjustment for:

 

 

 

 

Interest expense

 

563

526

1,018

Depreciation

 

1

-

1

Tax paid

 

-

(614)

Operating cash flows before movements in working capital

 

1,657

1,784

2,752

(Increase)/decrease in trade and other receivables

 

(4,104)

924

(2,713)

Increase/(decrease)in trade and other payables

 

(2,169)

(1,566)

Cash generated from/(absorbed in) operating activities

 

(1,824)

539

(1,527)

Interest paid

 

(563)

  (526)

(1,018)

Net cash generated from/(absorbed in) operating activities

 

(2,387)

13

(2,545)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows (for)/from investing activities

 

 

 

 

Acquisition of property, plant and equipment

 

-

-

(5)

Net cash (used in)/generated from investing activities

 

-

-

(5)

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows (for)/from financing activities

 

 

 

 

Increase in inter-company debts

 

-

1,665

2,473

Amount withdrawn by directors

 

-

(3)

(3)

Issue of new shares

 

1,390

-

2,712

Equity dividends paid

 

(601)

(400)

(400)

Net cash generated from financing activities

 

789

1,262

4,782

 

 

 

 

 

Net increase(decrease) in cash & cash equivalents

 

(1,598)

1,275

2,232

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and equivalent at beginning of period

 

2,569

337

337

Cash and equivalent at end of period

 

971

1,612

2,569

 

 

 

 

Notes to the Interim Financial Statements

For the six months ended 30 June 2021

 

1.   Basis of Preparation

 

The interim financial statements of Vector Capital Plc are unaudited condensed financial statements for the six months ended 30 June 2021. These include unaudited comparatives for the six months ended 30 June 2021 together with audited comparatives for the year ended 31 December 2020.The financial information for the six months ended 30 June 2021 does not constitute statutory financial statements within the meaning of section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. A copy of the audited financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2020 is available on the Company's website. The auditor's opinion on those financial statements was unqualified and did not draw attention to any matters by way of an emphasis of matter paragraph. These interim condensed financial statements have been prepared on the basis of the accounting policies expected to apply for the financial year to 31 December 2021 which are based on the recognition and measurement principles of United Kingdom adopted International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), in accordance with the provisions of the Companies Act 2006, applicable to companies reporting under IFRS.

 

The financial statements have been prepared under the historical cost convention. The Group's presentation and functional currency is Sterling. The interim financial statements do not include all of the information required for full annual financial statements and do not comply with all the disclosures in IAS 34 'Interim Financial Reporting', and should be read in conjunction with the Group's annual financial statements to 31 December 2020. Accordingly, whilst the interim statements have been prepared in accordance with IFRS, they cannot be construed as being in full compliance with IFRS. The preparation of financial statements in conformity with United Kingdom adopted International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) requires the use of certain critical accounting estimates. It also requires management to exercise its judgement in the process of applying the Group's accounting policies. The accounting policies adopted are consistent with those followed in the preparation of the Group's annual financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2020.

 

2.   General information

 

The condensed consolidated financial information comprises the financial information of Vector Capital Plc, Vector Asset Finance Ltd and Vector Business Finance Ltd (the Group).

 

The principal activities of the entities in the Group are as follows: -

 

Name of company

 

Country of incorporation

 

Principal activities

 

 

 

 

 

Vector Capital Plc

 

England and Wales

 

Holding company

Vector Business Finance Ltd

 

England and Wales

 

Commercial lending

Vector Asset Finance Ltd

 

England and Wales

 

Commercial lending

 

There have been no significant changes in these activities during the relevant financial periods.

 

3.   Segmental reporting

 

IFRS 8 requires operating segments to be identified on the basis of internal reports about components of the Operating Group that are regularly reviewed by the chief operating decision maker (which takes the form of the Board of Directors) as defined in IFRS 8, in order to allocate resources to the segment and to assess its performance.

Based on management information there is one operating segment. Revenues are reviewed based on the services provided.

No customer has accounted for more than 10% of total revenue during the periods presented.

 

4.   Administrative costs

 

 

30 Jun 21

(Unaudited)

30 Jun 20

(Unaudited)

31 Dec 20

(Audited)

Current

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Recurring

378

214

539

Non-recurring costs

 

 

129

 Total

 

378

214

668

 

  During the year ended 31 Dec 20 exceptional non-recurring costs in relation to the admission of the Company's ordinary shares to trading on AIM were incurred totalling £129k.

 

5.  Income Tax expense

 

The tax charge on profits assessable has been calculated at the rates of tax prevailing, based on existing legislation, interpretation and practices in respect thereof.

 

6.   Property, plant and equipment

 

 

Fixture, fittings and equipment

 

 

30 Jun 21

30 Jun 20

31 Dec 20

 

(Unaudited

£'000

(Unaudited)£'000

(Audited`)

£'000

Cost

 

 

 

Brought forward

5

-

-

Additions

-

-

5

Disposals

-

-

-

Carried forward

5

-

5

 

 

 

 

Accumulated depreciation

 

 

 

Brought forward

1

-

-

Depreciation

1

-

1

Carried forward

2

-

1

 

 

 

 

NBV c/fwd

3

-

4

 

 

 

 

NBV b/fwd

4

-

-

 

7.   Trade and other receivables

 

 

 

30 Jun 21

(Unaudited)

30 Jun 20

(Unaudited)

31 Dec 20

(Audited)

Current

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Trade receivables

40,604

32,740

36,374

Prepayments and accrued income

463

587

589

 Total

 

41,067

33,327

36,963

 

  61% of trade receivables were held by third party secure funding (30 Jun 20: 78%, 31 Dec 20: 73%).

 

8Trade and other payables

 

 

 

30 Jun 21

(Unaudited)

30 Jun 20

(Unaudited)

31 Dec 20

(Audited)

Current

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Trade payable

26

9

18

Amounts owed to group undertakings

3,000

1,791

3,000

Other payables

15,481

14,366

14,823

Accruals and deferred income

146

54

189

Total

 

18,653

16,220

18,030

 

 

 

 

 

Other payables includes loan finance of £15,417k (30 Jun 20: £14,320k, 31 Dec 20: £14,812k) which is secured against associated loans assigned by way of block discounting.

 

9.   Called up share capital

 

Authorised

Nominal value

 

30 Jun 21

(Unaudited)

30 Jun 20

(Unaudited)

31 Dec 20

(Audited)

 

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

45,244,385 Ordinary

(30 Jun 20: 17,000,000 Ordinary

31 Dec 20: 42,052,895 Ordinary)

£0.005

(30 Jun 20 £0.01,

31 Dec 20 £0.005)

 

226

170

210

 

On 28 June 2021 the Company issued 3,191,490 new Ordinary shares of 0.5 pence each at a 47 pence per share

 

10. Basic and diluted earnings per share

 

The calculation of earnings per share is based on the following earnings and number of shares.

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 Jun 21

30 Jun 20

31 Dec 20

 

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Audited)

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive (income for the period, used in the calculation of total basic and diluted profit per share

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,051

1,019

1,902

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of ordinary shares for the purpose of basic and diluted profit per share

42,079,055

34,000,000

34,066,007

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted earnings per share (0.5 pence (30 Jun 20; 1 pence, 31 Dec 20; 0.5 pence))

2.50

3.00

5.58

 

 

 

 


The weighted average number of shares for 30 Jun 20 include a retrospective adjustment for the share split undertaken in Dec 20.

 

11. Significant related party transactions

 

  The Group owed £3 million to its parent company, Vector Holdings Ltd (30 Jun 20 £1.8 million, 31 Dec 20: £3 million).  During the period the Company paid interest totalling £75k to Vector Holdings Ltd in relation to the balance owed as per the loan agreement (30 Jun 20: £Nil, 31 Dec 20: £Nil).

 

During the period the Company paid £486k in dividends to Vector Holdings Ltd (30 Jun 20: £Nil, 31 Dec 20: £400k).

 

12. Subsequent events

 

There were no significant subsequent events which warranted disclosure.

 

13. Half Year Report

 

A copy of this half year interim report, as well as the annual statutory accounts to 31 December 2020 are available on the Company's website at www.vectorcapital.co.uk/investors/corporate-documents

 

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